Ice911Research is a nonprofit dedicated to climate restoration, starting with Arctic ice, which is a very important lever on climate change. Loss of reflective ice in the Arctic over the past few decades contributes greatly to the current global temperature rise.
Why Arctic Ice?
The Arctic plays a critical role in maintaining a safe and stable global climate.
For the past 700,000 years, Arctic sea has acted as the Earth’s heat shield by reflecting incoming solar radiation safely back to space, keeping us at an even temperature.
The disappearance of the Arctic’s summer sea ice cover is one of the most visible warning signs of severe climate change and is already having consequences that are felt all over the world.
What’s Happening in the Arctic?
A 2018 Arctic report card shows – once again – how the climate of the Earth’s north polar region is changing. Measurements include warmer air and ocean temperatures and declines in sea ice that are driving shifts in animal habitats.
Air temperatures warmed at twice the rate as the rest of the world.
The oldest, thickest sea ice declined by a devastating 95%.
Caribou and wild reindeer declined by nearly 50%.
Harmful toxic algal blooms increased from a warming Arctic Ocean.
Read NOAA’s entire Arctic report card.
We’ve expanded our work from slowing Arctic ice melt to restoring it. Our approach isn’t the magic wand that will avert a global catastrophe, but rather a safe interim solution that can be applied now to ameliorate global warming, buying time for humanity to move to a more sustainable economy.
Our #1 rule is “first do no harm” to humans, animals, aquatic life, or ecosystems.
We’ve spent the past decade testing and developing material approaches that could be used to make young, thin ice reflective. We now focus on using reflective hollow microspheres, which can be thought of as a kind of white, extremely fine floating sand, chosen for its safety and practicality.
Once dispersed in limited, strategic locations, the nontoxic material would act as a thin reflective layer on Arctic ice. Learn more about our solution.
The Arctic’s oldest ice is vanishing
This video from NOAA tracks Arctic ice loss from 1990 to 2016. Seasonal ice is dark blue and the ice 9+ years is white.